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Palmerston North Attractions

Palmerston North is a popular tourist destination, with a huge range of attractions. From garden walks, to bridge swinging, to white water rafting, there is something to entertain everyone!

Ruahine Forest Park

Ruahine Forest Park stretches almost 100 kilometres from the Taruarau River in the north, to the Manawatu Gorge in the south. The park covers about 94,000 hectares and is one of a number of small mountain ranges that form the spine of the North Island.

Ruahine Forest Park offers great forest and alpine walks as well as hunting, skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, four wheel driving, fishing, swimming and camping.


Palmerston North has many beautiful parks and gardens. Cross Hill Gardens, The Fragrant Garden, Pukemarama and The Victoria Esplanade Gardens are some of note.

Pick up a visitor information guide from the Palmerston North I-site for more information.